Caravans and rallies protesting Washington’s decadeslong economic war against Cuba were organized Sept. 26 in at least 12 U.S. cities, in Canada, the U.K. and five other countries. From Miami to Minneapolis, Seattle to Mexico City and Buenos Aires, Argentina, participants demanded — End the U.S. government embargo! U.S. out of Guantánamo now! Lift U.S. travel restrictions against Cuba!
Thirty people demonstrated in Tottenham, above, a working-class area in north London Sept. 25, with signs demanding “USA hands off Cuba! End British complicity!” Many passersby took leaflets and expressed their support.
Over 50 people rallied in front of Miami City Hall Sept. 26 and joined caravans through Little Havana and downtown Miami, receiving numerous thumbs-up signs from working people in cars and on the sidewalks, with little hostility.
Some 30 people rallied and marched in south Seattle. Carlos Lazo, a Cuban American school teacher in Seattle who founded Puentes de Amor (Bridges of Love), which initiated the caravans last fall, spoke about the importance of public protests against Washington’s bipartisan attacks. “I recently spoke with the Cuban president,” Lazo said, “who wanted to make it known that he had high esteem for those working to end the blockade.”